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post #1 of 8 Old 07-10-2011, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Need turning tool advice

Hey everyone, I have been woodworking for 5 yrs and decided to buy a lathe. I ended up buying a jet 1642. I need some advice on what turning tools and brand to buy. I bought a cheap set, locally to try out the machine. I am primary intrested in turning spindles and table legs. Any help would be appreciated.

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Doug Thompson tools are some of the best available and great customer service to boot. Henry Taylor and Robert Sorby tools are also quite good.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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It's hard to beat the Thompson tools on price vs quality. I love his detail gouge. His roughing gouge is expensive but will hold an edge a lot longer than other peoples tools.
www.thompsonlathetools.com
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John, where can you find a roughing gouge at Thompson web site?
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I don’t own any (yet) but I have never heard anything bad about the Thompson tools.
And you get to save quite a bit of money (and get some spindle practice) by turning your own handles.

I have mostly Sorbys (bought in the 80”s) but will try Doug’s when I finish squeezing every bit of good out of them. One thing to consider if you do decide on mixed tools;
UK tools are measured across the flute, and US are measured by the rod diameter.
Neither is necessarily better than the other but be aware, a 3/8 UK is the same size as a1/2 US.
If you have a 1/2 and decide you need a 5/8 you may wind up with the same tool if you aren’t careful. Now how did I learn that?

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
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On Doug's site, SRG = spindle roughing gouge
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Thanks found it in other tools available 1 1/4" SRG Gouge for only $175. Think will keep my Henry Taylor 3/4" and 1 1/4" gouges.
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Doug's roughing gouge is of course made from V11 steel which holds an edge longer. It also has a 3/4" shank instead of the flimsly 1/4" or so tangs on most other Spindle roughing gouges. It is a sweet tool. $175 is a lot of money but it's a tool that will last a lifetime. It's not a tool for every pocket but if you've got the money it's probably the best.
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